A few newsworthy headlines hit the wire before and after Monday night’s loss to the Diamondbacks. Here is the latest from the wire, including updates on Angel Guzman, Alfonso Soriano, Kerry Wood, possible fines for the Cubs, the pitching match-ups for the Brewers’ series next week and a loss of one of the true journalists of the game…. According to a report in the Sun Times, Angel Guzman was in the Cubs’ clubhouse on Monday night and said his recovery from Tommy John surgery “is going well enough that he plans to start a minor league rehab assignment within two weeks.” The report indicated Guzman will have “an eye on returning to the active roster by mid-August.”
Alfonso Soriano went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first rehab game on Monday. Soriano served as the team’s DH and is expected to play in the outfield on Tuesday when he joins the Iowa Cubs in Tucson. Reports are indicating Soriano could return as early as Wednesday, but more than likely Soriano will return on Thursday at Wrigley. Lou Piniella stated the decision on Soriano’s return would be made after Tuesday’s game. The Sun-Times indicated Soriano “looked rusty and could use even more at bats than he’ll get over the two to three days.”
Kerry Wood is not heading to the DL, for now, as reports on Sunday night had suggested. Wood visited a hand specialist in Arizona on Monday and WGN reported there wasn’t an infection in Wood’s finger….it is just a blister. With the bullpen rested and the pitching staff coming off the 4-day break, the Cubs are trying to avoid placing Wood on the DL. A report in the Sun-Times indicated Wood will throw again on Wednesday and could be available for the series finale against the Diamondbacks. While the report did not indicate Wood’s availability for Tuesday’s game, WGN stated Wood would not be available on Tuesday and might not be able to pitch again until Thursday.
The Chicago Cubs could be facing fines for breaking rules “related to last month’s draft” according to a report in the Sun-Times. The Cubs were fined “an undisclosed sum for at least two rules violations” and Major League Baseball “was investigating whether further discipline might be warranted.”
“The Cubs reportedly broke one rule requiring clubs to report signing agreements to the commissioner’s office and another rule “requiring approved agreements to be in place before signed draft picks take the field,” according to the report.
According to a report in the Sun Times, here are the pitching match-ups for the upcoming series against the Brewers in Miller Park….
- July 28th – Ted Lilly vs. CC Sabathia
- July 29th – Carlos Zambrano vs. Ben Sheets
- July 30th – Ryan Dempster vs. Manny Para
- July 31st – Rich Harden vs. Seth McClung
Jerome Holtzman passed away on Saturday at the age of 81. Holtzman was a legendary baseball writer and Major League Baseball’s official baseball historian. He was the beat writer for the Cubs and White Sox for 28 years and began covering baseball in 1958. He is credited with the creation of the save rule in baseball. Holtzman covered baseball for both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Baseball lost one of its greats….